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Update | La Verne Safe Return

Dear University Community,

I’m pleased to share that we have made major revisions to the La Verne Safe Return Plan, which contains our policies and procedures for safely repopulating our campuses as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes.

These changes are aligned with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and Cal/OSHA.

Below is a summary of key changes to the plan, which are effective immediately. To read the full plan, visit laverne.edu/safereturn.

Vaccination Requirement

The University of La Verne is requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students at all physical campuses and locations; all faculty, including adjunct faculty; and all staff. Individuals may request an exemption for medical, religious, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or personal reasons. All students and employees are encouraged to submit proof of vaccination as soon as possible. More information on this policy are available at univ.lv/vaccination.

Employees and students who are granted an accommodation or exemption may be subject to regular COVID-19 testing, daily symptom checks, quarantines, additional COVID-19 training, and other preventative measures necessary to protect the health and well-being of the community.

Face Coverings

Fully vaccinated students and employees who have submitted proof of vaccination to the university are generally not required to wear face coverings on campus except at the Student Health Center, at specified events, or during outbreaks. However, fully vaccinated students and employees are strongly encouraged to voluntarily wear face coverings and may not be retaliated against for doing so.

All non-vaccinated students and employees, or those who have not yet submitted proof of vaccination to the university, must wear face coverings while indoors or in a university vehicle, with limited exceptions as described in the La Verne Safe Return plan.

Building and Room Capacity

All spaces will return to pre-COVID-19 occupancy limits. Physical distancing requirements have been eliminated except where there may be a hazard for certain employees during major outbreaks.

Daily Health Screenings

Before coming to campus, all students, employees, and visitors must evaluate themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who has symptoms may not come to campus and must submit a Coronavirus Report.

Students and employees who are not fully vaccinated must keep a log of their symptom checks. They may use the university’s LiveSafe mobile app or the online form to assist in self-screening and logging.

Events

The university will return to its normal event scheduling and reservation process, unless the event will involve a gathering of 200 or more people. Events with gatherings of 200 or more people require a review by the COVID-19 Review committee. For all events, organizers will be required to:

  • Keep a record of attendance
  • Post signage reinforcing face covering requirements and health etiquette
  • Make hand washing/hand sanitizing stations available

Pre-packaged or pre-prepared food is recommended. Outdoor events are recommended over indoor events.

Coming to Campus

We will continue to follow our plan for a phased reopening of buildings and offices and a return of employees to campus. Once a building has been opened, occupants of that building no longer need to request permission to access the building. Occupants of buildings that have not yet opened should continue to request permission to come to campus from their respective UMC member. A schedule of building reopenings and unit return dates can be found in Appendix F of the La Verne Safe Return Plan.

Campus Visitors

Visitors are permitted on campuses to conduct business related to the university. Visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear a face covering while on campus unless specifically instructed, but are strongly encouraged to do so. Visitors who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to wear face coverings while indoors.

Our La Verne Safe Return plan is flexible and adaptable and will evolve as additional information or public health guidelines become available.

Thank you for familiarizing yourself with this plan and for doing your part to ensure our full and safe return to campuses.

Sincerely,

Devorah Lieberman, PhD
President